Inspired by a memorable Mugello victory, reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo is aiming to increase the pressure on 2011 leader Casey Stoner with his first ever win at the German Grand Prix.
Sachsenring remains one of the few tracks where Lorenzo has yet to win, taking second place in 2009 and again in 2010.
"I feel very good after our victory in Mugello; an amazing victory that we needed for our confidence. We'll take more power from it for future races, especially for the next two in a row," said the Factory Yamaha rider.
"Now it's time for Germany; Sachsenring is a unique track which I've ridden since 2002 and still not won! I would like to do it, it's an interesting challenge in front my German fans."
Lorenzo will start this weekend's ninth round, the midpoint of the season, 19 points behind Stoner's factory Honda.
"The team and I are ready to again try to reduce the gap to Casey, our aim is the podium, but we will try to push for the win," he declared.
Mugello marked Lorenzo's first dry win of the year, having earlier triumphed in the wet Jerez race, and ended a four-race run of defeats by Stoner.
“When we are able to deliver a great package like in Italy then Jorge is able to fight for victory," declared team manager Wilco Zeelenberg. "That is our target again in Sachsenring and Laguna.
"It is very important to make these next two rounds count before the holidays; we are only 19 points behind the lead with still half the season to go so anything can happen.”
The US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca will be held just one week after the Sachsenring.